At New Hall School we try to make the procedure of applying for a place as straightforward as possible. If you have questions about any aspect of our admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Department who will be pleased to assist, by telephone on 01245 236 098 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main entry points to the School are:
The Nursery provision at New Hall is for children aged 1-4 and is based in new, purpose-built premises.
Nursery 1 (children aged 1-3)
There is the option for children to attend all year round or during term times only. Children are required to attend a minimum of 4 sessions a week (a session being half a day) and can sign up for either mornings or full days.
Nursery 2 (children aged 3-4)
Entry to Nursery 2 is by parent meeting and a reference from your child’s current setting (if available). Children are required to attend a minimum of 6 sessions a week; either mornings or full days. Nursery 2 is term time only with the option to attend Holiday Club.
Reception - Year 6
Entry to Reception is by parent meeting, trial session and reference from your child’s current setting.
Your child will be invited to attend a trial session, lasting approximately one hour (held in our Nursery). Children will take part in a number of group activities alongside our Nursery children, observed by the Head of the Pre-Prep and Nursery Manager.
Year 1 to Year 6
Parents are welcome to register their children to enter Years 1-6 in the Pre-Prep and Preparatory Divisions. If year groups are full, your child’s name will be added to the waiting list. If a space becomes available, a child will be selected from the waiting list, taking into account the School’s Admissions Policy.
Children applying for a place in Year 1 to Year 6 will be invited in for a Taster Day. During the day, they will sit assessments in Mathematics and English Creative Writing.
Additional full or weekly boarding places are available from Year 3 onwards.
Should a place not become available for a child’s requested term of entry, the registration will roll over to the next academic year until a place becomes available. Should a child reach Year 6 and a place has not become available in the Preparatory Division, parents shall be contacted regarding Senior Division entry. There is no need to re-register for Senior Division entry.
Year 7 (age 11+)
It is highly recommended that all candidates attend the Year 7 Taster Day in October, there is also an information session for parents. Entrance into Year 7 is based upon an interview, entrance examinations in English (multiple choice and a written paper), Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, which are held in November, as well as a current Headteacher’s report.
Applications from pupils who attend traditional preparatory schools which make provision allowing them to continue their education up to 13+, and which are not part of a structure which connects them to a particular senior school, will only be accepted (subject to the other relevant criteria set out in this policy) for Year 9 entry. Assessments may be sat in Year 8, or earlier in Year 6 if preferred, and any offer made will be for a place at the start of Year 9.
|Useful Year 7 admissions dates (2020 entry)|
|Year 7 Taster Day||Saturday 12 October 2019|
|Deadline for Year 7 Applications||Friday 18 October 2019|
|Entrance Assessments||Monday 11 November to Thursday 14 November 2019|
|Sport Scholarship Assessments||Monday 9 December 2019|
|Sport Scholarship Call Back||Monday 16 December 2019|
|Music Scholarship Assessments||Tuesday 3 December 2019|
|Music Scholarship Call Back||Tuesday 17 December 2019|
|Tennis Scholarship Practical Assessment||Wednesday 11 December 2019|
|Special Talent Award Assessments||December-January 2019/20|
|Year 7 Places Offered||End of Michaelmas Term 2019|
|Scholarship, Award & Bursary Offers||January/February 2020|
|Deadline for Year 7 Place Acceptance||Early March 2020|
Please see below for a visual representation of our Year 7 2020 admissions process:
Year 9 (age 13+)
Entrance into Year 9 is based upon an interview, entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, which are held in January and their current Headteacher’s report. Candidates that are being prepared for Common Entrance examinations by their current school will normally sit these in May/June prior to entry in September. Candidates who are successful in the New Hall Year 9 Assessments will be given a conditional offer of a place subject to Common Entrance examinations.
|Useful Year 9 admissions dates (2020 entry)|
|Deadline for Year 9 Applications||Friday 10 January 2020|
|Entrance Assessments||Monday 20 January 2020|
|Sport, Tennis & Music Scholarship Assessments||January 2020|
|Special Talent Award Assessments||January-February 2020|
|Year 9 Places Offered||February 2020|
|Scholarship, Award & Bursary Offers||February 2020|
|Deadline for Year 9 Place Acceptance||Early March 2020|
Please see below for a visual representation of the Year 9 2020 admissions process:
Year 12 (age 16+)
Students are encouraged to attend the Sixth Form Admissions Evening in October. Prospective students will need to achieve a minimum of two 7s and four 5s overall at GCSE. An offer of a place is based upon personal statement, school report, mock and predicted grades, school reference and interview with the Head of Sixth Form.
|Useful Sixth Form admissions dates (2020 entry)|
|Sixth Form Open Evening||
Wednesday 16 October 2019, 6.45pm-9.30pm
|Registration||Throughout the Year|
|Admissions Interviews||From Monday 4 November 2019|
|Applications||Throughout the Year|
|School Reference Requests||Throughout the Year|
|Bursary & Scholarship Deadline||Wednesday 8 January 2020|
|Sixth Form Places Offered||Offers will be communicated with a deadline for acceptance|
|Final GCSE Results||August 2020|
|Sixth Form Induction Day||September 2020|
Please see below for a visual representation of the admissions process for Year 12 2020 Entry:
International students, bursaries and scholarships
All overseas students are required to sit entrance examinations, including English, at their current school, with an approved agent, the local British Council office or at New Hall.
New Hall School offers a limited number of means-tested bursaries, of up to 100% of fees. Details are available in the Bursaries & Scholarships Policy, which can be found here. Applications for bursaries must be received by 8 January of the year of entry. For further details, please contact the Finance department.
Scholarships are available at Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form entry. Scholarship Application Forms will automatically be sent to all registered students. As well as financial scholarships, there are honorary awards available that offer students recognition for their talents and potential which will benefit them throughout their academic careers and into adulthood.
Assessment is based on the New Hall entrance examinations, interview and Headteacher’s report. Preference may be given to boarders and Catholics where candidates of similar ability are being considered.
Most scholarships will have a fee remission attached to them, normally of 10% – one third remission of fees, with some top scholarships awarded at 50% to the highest performers in the academic assessments. All scholarships are net of prompt payment discount. The total value of the scholarships awarded will depend on the available funds. Subject to the availability of funds, an additional means-tested remission up to 100% of fees may be awarded to a recipient of a scholarship, if the fees would otherwise be unaffordable.
Entry to other year groups may be permitted but is subject to availability
The principles relied on in the selection of students for admission are designed to ensure the school will remain a Catholic school. New Hall accepts students of any or no faith. Applications for admission will be considered from parents and guardians who are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose child will benefit from the academic curriculum of the school. To read our full Admissions Policy, please click here.
The Admissions Office is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
|Contact the admissions department|
|Phone||01245 236 098|
|Caroline Elder||Admissions Registrar, Nursery & Preparatory Divisions|
|Gill O’Riley||Admissions Registrar, Senior Divisions & Sixth Form|
|Lucy Bird||Admissions Officer|
|Julie Keylock||Admissions Officer|
|Rachel Payne||Admissions Officer|